Theft Charges

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Theft Charges


Facing theft charges?  Think you might need an attorney?  Being charged with a theft crime in Kentucky can be a deeply intimidating and scary experience, as a guilty verdict can mean years in prison and a tarnished reputation and career. But you don’t have to face theft charges alone. As a former criminal prosecutor and now a defense attorney passionately representing the interests of the accused, Meridith has the experience, skill, intellect and drive to fight for your rights and defend your freedom and reputation in your theft case.


In her 9 years as a prosecutor, Meridith has reviewed and brought countless theft cases against criminal defendants, giving her the experience in knowing what must be proven in such cases, and how to best defend her clients on theft charges. Meridith will zealously and fearlessly defend clients on the following types of theft charges:

  • Theft by Unlawful Taking
  • Theft by Deception – Bad checks
  • Forgery
  • Identity Theft
  • Theft of Services or Labor Rendered
  • Extortion
  • Receipt of Stolen Property
  • Burglary
  • Robbery

Depending on the amount of property involved, prosecutors can bring any of the above crimes as felonies, which can involve sentences of over a year in prison (and potentially many years based on the crime and property involved). Furthermore, having a theft crime on your record can disqualify you from many careers and jobs.


 Because the stakes for your freedom, career and reputation are so high, you will want to have a zealous and fearless criminal defense attorney fighting your Kentucky theft charges. While it may seem like the power is all in the government’s hands, a good defense attorney will employ a number of strategies in turning the tables on your accusers, and as a former prosecutor, criminal defense attorney Meridith has the necessary knowledge in employing such strategies.

Meridith will be at your side throughout police questioning, all hearings, plea negotiations and on to trial. She will prevent police from unlawfully obtaining physical evidence and statements from you in violation of your Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights, and prevent any such evidence from being used against you.

It is important to understand that prosecutors must prove every element of a theft charge beyond a reasonable doubt in order to win a guilty verdict against you, and, for theft crimes, this often involves proving that you had a guilty state of mind (or, in other words, the intent to commit a crime).

In many theft cases, showing you that intended to deprive another of his property is very is hard to prove, even if there might be physical evidence that you actually possessed the property in question. Meridith will make your best arguments on the question of intent and all other relevant elements of the charged theft crime in negotiating and/or litigating in favor of your innocence or for reduced penalties.


If you are facing theft charges or are under investigation, don’t delay in protecting your rights.

Contact Meridith Clymer today at (270) 936-6608 or CLICK HERE for a free initial consultation.   She will bring her many years of experience to bear in fighting for the best possible outcome to your theft case.


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Phone: 270.255.5005



418 N. 7th Street

Paducah, KY  42001